• Current, former Sooners raising money for McKenzie Horton's family

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 04:16 PM

    NORMAN — Jed Barnett had been in Oklahoma less than two months when he met McKenzie Horton during a February 2013 trip to the OU Children’s Hospital. While Barnett and two of his new teammates — Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington — visited with children receiving chemotherapy, they were quickly drawn to Horton and her family. “I’d estimate that we’ve met hundreds of kids, and they’ve all been amazing, every single one of them,” Barnett said. “We thought we were going to motivate kids, but in reality, they are the ones who motivate and inspire us. “McKenzie was a little bit more in every single way. The way her smile lit up the room. The way she talked and

  • Oklahoma State named one of eight football programs with 'coolest' facilities

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 05:08 PM

    Oklahoma State was named one of eight football programs with the "coolest" facilities, according to a list compiled by Bleacher Report senior columnist Brian Pedersen. Thanks to mega-booster Boone Pickens and sparked by the 2009 renovation of the stadium's west end zone, OSU's national reputation for its cutting-edge resources has grown. Pedersen's justification for ranking the Cowboys among his top eight schools — Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC also made the cut — was largely based on a 2012 story from NBC sports: "Technology is absolutely huge with young people today. You can't turn your back to it," said Mack Butler, director of

  • Tramel: OKC Thunder should be able to keep Enes Kanter, but at a hefty price

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 04:29 PM

    BERRY TRAMEL -- The NBA’s free agency season opens Wednesday, and the new market realities are going to hit swift and strong. Kanter is a restricted free agent, which means he can sign with any team but the Thunder can keep their center by matching the offer. Which the Thunder almost surely will. Right after taking a deep breath and swallowing hard.

  • Brace yourself for an unpredictable NBA free agency period

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Welcome to 2015 NBA free agency, a period most anticipate will be a crazed summer of league-wide spending. It’s the trickle down from the record nine-year, $24 billion television rights deal the league signed in October. As a result of that agreement, the NBA salary cap is projected to skyrocket from $67 million next season to approximately $90 million for the 2016-17 season, when the new television deal goes into effect.

  • NBA Free Agency Primer

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Check your data plans, set mobile alerts, refresh Twitter whenever possible. NBA free agency is upon us and, like every July, there are some important names in play.

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that Kanter and the Thunder brass will sit down on Wednesday […]

  • Thunder sends Luke Ridnour, cash sent to Toronto for $2.85 million trade exception

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -- Oklahoma City has sent the contract of Luke Ridnour and cash to Toronto in exchange for a $2.85 million trade exception and the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a Croatian player not likely to ever end up in Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen moving forward after ugly loss

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Energy coach Jimmy Nielsen took the blame for his teams’ blowout loss last Saturday in Louisville, a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of a team that hadn’t scored in three weeks. Not a rare move from any coach, but a good move.


  • LeBron James will become free agent July 1

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    LeBron James will bypass his $21.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent on July 1, sources told ESPN.com. The move, which was expected, marks the third time in the past six years that James will be an unrestricted free agent. This time is expected to have a different outcome, as James intends to re-sign with his current team, sources said.

  • Media report: Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph reflects on decision to burn his redshirt last season

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph said his initial reaction over the decision to burn his redshirt in game 11 at Baylor last season was a mixture of excitement and disappointment, according to a story from Bret McCormick of The Herald Newspaper in Rock Hill, S.C. From the report: . “I wanted to finish my redshirt […]

  • Pablo Larrazabal wins BMW International Open by 1 shot

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) — Pablo Larrazabal won the BMW International Open by one shot Sunday for his fourth European Tour title. The Spaniard, who also won the tournament in 2011, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 66 to finish with a 17-under 271 on the Eichenried Golf Club course. "Every title is very special, but this place, there's something here that suits my eye. From the tee to the greens, I just love this place," Larrazabal said. Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot five birdies and an eagle for a 65 but finished a stroke back after Larrazabal seized the lead with his sixth birdie on the par-4 16th hole. "Not much to be disappointed with today," said Stenson, the world No. 7.

  • Azle friends lead Monster Ball golf tourney

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Two longtime friends from Azle shot a tournament record 55 to grab the early lead on Saturday at the Fourth Annual Craig Bowers Memorial Monster Ball Golf Tournament in Greenville. Eric Kelley and Jerod Turner fired a 17-under on two trips around the Wright Park Municipal layout to lead by three strokes over the teams of Brady Jones and Justin Bates and Jay Cox and Stuart Smallwood. “We’ve been friends since we were 11,” said Kelley, who is now a local resident. Kelley and Turner could be hard to beat in today’s final round at Oak Creek Country Club because Kelley holds the course record at Oak Creek with a 63 fired in 2012. Kelley also won the first Monster Ball tournament in 2012 with partner Billy Blankenship

  • Kirk, Bairstow renew practice rivalry for Lobos all-star game

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE — For years, Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow traded elbows during practice while both played for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team. On Sunday night in The Pit, they’ll get one more chance to do it. The only difference is it will be in a real game with real refs. Well, sort of. The two former Lobo big men will take part in Sunday’s inaugural Lobo All-Star Game, a reunion of recent ex-Lobos who were talked into making an appearance by Bairstow. Taken by the Chicago Bulls in last year’s NBA Draft, Bairstow organized the game to run in conjunction with a camp he has hosted this weekend in Albuquerque. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

  • SACC PARTNERSHIP: Rain cancels, suspends play Saturday

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    For the second straight year, Mother Nature may play a pivotal role at the San Angelo Country Club men’s partnership. An early-morning rain washed out Saturday’s competition for the Championship through Third Flights of the SACC Partnership — while heavy afternoon showers suspended play for 20 minutes before the Fourth through Senior Flights walked back onto the course — putting even more pressure on teams to shoot their best going into the final day of the event. “We had about two to three inches of rain, depending on what rain gauge we looked at on the course,” SACC golf director Jason Hase said. “We had a lot of water in the creek system on No. 3, 4 and 5 and couldn’t get carts across this morning.

  • Paul Klee: SMU coach Brown mile high on Nuggets’ selection of Mudiay

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    DENVER — He played for the Denver Rockets of the ABA and coached the Nuggets into the NBA. He lived in Boulder a few years ago and cites locals Bill Ficke, Tad Boyle, Larry Eustachy and Chauncey Billups among his inner circle. You know his story. Larry Brown is a New Yorker blessed with Colorado blood. And with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — the seventh pick in the NBA draft and a former Brown recruit — on his way to God’s country, Brown is all in. “He was the best guard in the draft. I don’t doubt it one bit,” Brown said Friday in a phone conversation. “I think they are really going to love him.” Mudiay was a surprise pick by the Nuggets, a surprise in that he wasn’t expected to fall to Denver at 7.

  • Outdoors notebook: Outdoor Oklahoma to celebrate 40th year on OETA

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    The “Outdoor Oklahoma” television show will celebrate its 40th anniversary on July 5. The special July 5 show, which airs on OETA, brings back past “Outdoor Oklahoma” hosts to join current host Todd Craighead for a roundtable discussion of hunting and fishing memories. Produced by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the weekly show debuts each Sunday at 8 a.m. and is re-broadcast several times throughout the week. BOATS MAY RETURN TO AMERICAN HORSE LAKE ON SEPT. 1 Boats will be allowed to return to American Horse Lake on Sept. 1. A previously announced date of July 1 that boats could return to the lake was incorrect, said Don Brown of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife

  • Outdoor Oklahoma host inspires others with disabilities

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As a boy, Todd Craighead was shy, insecure and very self-conscious about his appearance. He was born with arthrogryposis, a birth defect that resulted in severe deformities to his limbs. Doctors didn’t expect him to live overnight, much less to become a fully independent adult. Doctors told Todd’s parents that if their newborn son did live, he would likely have to be taken care of all his life and perhaps institutionalized. Now age 46, Todd Craighead is one of the most recognized outdoorsmen in the state. For the past dozen years, he has been the host for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s television show, "Outdoor Oklahoma.

  • OKC Dodgers can’t overcome early deficit

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    All of the damage was done against Oklahoma City starter Ian Thomas. The left-hander allowed seven runs — six earned — on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings. The outing raised his ERA with the Dodgers to 6.95.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC gets blown out in Louisville

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City allowed a franchise-high six goals in loss

  • Rahal survives pack racing of Fontana for second career win

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Graham Rahal avoided a penalty despite driving out of pit road with part of his fueling mechanism attached and held on through a wild finish for his second career IndyCar victory. Any other day, that would have been the big news. After a frenetic day of racing that culminated with Ryan Briscoe hurtling through the air at the finish, all the drivers wanted to talk about was surviving. Rahal ended a 125-race winless streak by taking the checkers at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, but there was more criticism of IndyCar than praise for the third-generation driver after a white-knuckle day of pack racing around the 2-mile oval. "We shouldn't be racing like this," reigning Indianapolis 500 cham

  • Harman takes one-stroke lead over Watson, DeLaet at Travelers

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. — University of Georgia Bulldogs Brian Harman and Bubba Watson competed in the final group Saturday. Displaying an abundance of determination and stellar shots, Harman didn’t retreat against the No. 5 player in the world. Harman was the top dog. His 5-under par 65 gave him sole possession of the lead after the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. His 14-under 196 was one stroke better than Watson (68) and Graham DeLaet (64). Brandt Snedeker (63), Paul Casey (64) and Zach Johnson (64) are tied for fourth at 199. Watson, who led after each of the first two rounds, saw his two-shot lead vanish against Harman. “You know, it sounds funny saying this, but he’s like a

  • We're doing youth soccer wrong: The culture of winning hurts player development

    Scott Pugh, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The culture of winning can have a significant negative impact not only on their children’s enjoyment of the sport, but ultimately on their development as well.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be h

  • Rain washes out TUDOR United SportsCar qualifying

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Heavy rain Saturday washed out qualifying Saturday in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, forcing officials to set the field by driver points. Christian Fittipaldi will start from the pole Sunday in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Cider Tree Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa. They are tied for the Prototype points lead with the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP team, but won the the tiebreaker by virtue of second-place finishes. The No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R shared by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will start from the GT Le Mans class pole with Magnussen in the car to begin the race. In GT Daytona, Christopher Haase will star

  • Super 30: Putnam City's Dreyvon Christon relishes opportunity to play against big schools

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    WARR ACRES — Putnam City is the smallest team in Class 6A Division I. The Pirates would have contended for a playoff spot in Division II last year, and the same could be said for the upcoming season. But playing in the biggest division in the state does offer some perks, though it doesn't always show in the win column. “Some of our guys talk about how they wish we were Division II, but I like being in Division I,” said Putnam City defensive back Dreyvon Christon, who is No. 29 on the summer edition of The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class. “We go against the best guys in the state, and I like that. Last year, we played Westmoore and I was covering (Oklahoma signee) Dahu Green.

  • Langer, Maggert share lead after 3rd round of US Senior Open

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The crammed leaderboard at the U.S. Senior Open has some familiar faces heading into the final round and one notable name nobody expected to challenge for another major. Good luck predicting what will happen Sunday. Bernhard Langer and Jeff Maggert shared the lead at 5-under 205 at Del Paso, where conditions cooled off Saturday after consecutive days above 100 degrees. But the competition remained hot, with eight players one shot off the lead, including 65-year-old Tom Watson and defending champion Colin Montgomerie. "It's like a horse race," Watson said. "Getting close to the wire." Langer shot a 2-under 68, and Maggert had a 70.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Cameron Payne recalls his memorable pre-draft workout in Oklahoma City

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Because Payne had a couple days before his next workout, he decided to stick around OKC for another day. He was introduced to the Thunder staff and toured the lush facility.




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